Program Overview Requirements Not Eligible 4-Step Process Stream Stabilization Program Approved Projects Pending Projects Contact Us
This program is part of Raleigh’s Sustainable Business Toolkit, a collection of programs designed to help businesses and other organizations save money and help reach the goals in the city’s Community Climate Action Plan.
Are you experiencing severe flooding or erosion at your home/building?
Apply for the Drainage Assistance Program! It pays for drainage issues caused by stormwater runoff coming from public streets. This is a voluntary program with projects paid for by the City of Raleigh. We help with flooding, severe erosion, and blocked pipes impacting your home/building.
The Stream Stabilization Program addresses minor to moderate erosion issues.
You must meet these requirements to qualify for the Drainage Assistance Program:
- Own residential, commercial, or public property in Raleigh.
- Have stormwater runoff coming from public streets or public property on to your property.
- Willing to donate a permanent drainage easement.
We cannot help with the following issues:
|Nuisance yard flooding||Standing water|
|Drainage issues from landscaping and yard grading||Minor erosion|
|Stormwater runoff from private properties next to you||Roof/gutter problems|
See a clogged stormwater drain or pipe? Contact stormwater maintenance.
There are several steps to completing a project through the Drainage Assistance Program.
1 - Give us a call
Please allow 24-48 hours for us to respond to an inquiry. We'll get more details from you and ask that you fill out a program request form provided by staff.
2 - Prioritizing Projects
If you quality, we'll assess the severity of your project. We'll score and rank it with other drainage projects. Please note, we have about $1.75 million a year dedicated to this program.
3 - Approvals
It may take some time for your project to get to this point. Project funding and timing are not based on when a person submits their request form to us. We base funding on a project's prioritization score. There are several projects on the waiting list.
4 - Design, Permitting and Construction
Once a project is approved we move to design and construction.
- Design and permitting (about six to nine months or longer if the project is complex)
- Construction (about six months) - A project cannot move forward without a permanent drainage easement.
Stream Stabilization Program
1. Stream Stabilization
The Stream Stabilization Program helps with minor to moderate erosion issues caused by stormwater runoff coming from public streets or public properties (not otherwise covered by the Drainage Assistance Program).
2. Buffer Builder Bag Program
The Buffer Builder Bag (B3) Program is a voluntary program that provides City of Raleigh property owners with free native shrub and tree seedlings to help improve or create a streamside buffer on their property.
3. Stream Bank Repair Workshops
If you are experiencing minor to moderate stream bank erosion on your property, consider participating in Stream Bank Repair Workshops.
Here's a list of current projects. You can also learn about a few completed projects.
We have several Drainage Assistance projects that are waiting for approval. We approve about 10 projects per year, with $1.75 million available in funding. Approved projects are based on their prioritization score (not when you submit your request form).
You will notice that your project rank may change on the list. This is based on the severity and score of other projects. Thank you for your patience as we continue to move projects forward.
Please allow 24-48 hours for us to respond to an inquiry. We will get more details from you and ask that you fill out an application form if you’re eligible.